Smoked Tullibees

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Master of the Pit
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Feb 6, 2013
Andover Minnesota
A friend of mine gave me some tullibees to smoke for him.  I haven't done tullibees for a long time, just salmon steaks and some whole smaller trout.  They turned out moist and tasty with a touch of sweetness to them.  Not salty at all.  Here is what i did:

Put this brine together:

1 gal. water

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup pickling salt

1/8 th cup black pepper

2 T diced garlic [stuff in jars]

7 bay leaves

2 T onion powder

1/4 cup Siriache sauce [hot sauce]

Put the fish in the brine for about 18 hours.  After that i rinsed them with cold water and patted them dry.  Let them set awhile while i worked on the heavy snow we got [5 above zero]. Got the Masterbuilt electric going at 190.  When ready i put the fish in and pulled them 4 hours later when the internal temp on the fish was around 155.  Let them cool off.  Here's some pics--Reinhard

Just saw this post on a different site. I hope they taste as good as they look. I'm going to have to try that soon
Tullibees are the smaller version of  whitefish.  Lot's of lake's here in Mn have them.  The lakes that have them start in the northern central part of Mn and further north into Canada.  They are perfect for smoking having a higher fat content like salmon and lake trout.  Reinhard
Hey Tuttle, you must post on the same outdoor site i do in Mn.  Glad to see you on here.  This is the best site for smoking, cooking, grilling, ect i know of. Great folks on here. Reinhard
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I don't post on that site but I read a lot on there. All of your cooking looks great! I have a Bradley smoker but it doesn't like to heat up in this weather. I'm from Brooklyn park
Thanks everyone.  Dirtsailor, i bet they would too. I've never canned anything, just trying to get into baking LOL.  Tuttle,  my Masterbuilt 30 electric has worked as low as 5 above so far, haven't tried it in colder temps yet.  had to do some sausage in the oven during the colder temps myself.  The Bradley is a good unit and it wont be long that yours will have smoke comming out.  Reinhard
Love to try crappies in the smoker.  How long on average do you smoke them since they are not as oil'y as tullibees? Reinhard is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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